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Black and White Trend For Every Age

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow; Courtesy of instyle.comjustjared.com.

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Photos: (from left) Alessandra Ambrosio & Rihanna; Courtesy of vogue.com, justjared.com.

Black and white are huge color trend this season. Today I picked four of my favorite looks incorporated this combination to show you the versatility of this classic color palette. As you can see from above, these three stylish ladies, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, showed us four completely different styles of black and white: from Gwyneth Paltrow’s understated classic to Alessandra Ambrosio’s rock chic edge to Rihanna’s carefree spirit.

First two looks are from 40-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow. From the knee-length dress to oversized boyfriend blazer and shorts combo, she showed us how to be trendy yet age-appropriate.

Another thing we can learn from this queen of understated elegance is the “less is more” beauty. She always keeps her jewelry to a minimum. But it is that just right amount of luxe glamour makes her stand out.

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From left:
David Meister asymmetric-neck sheath dress (similar here)
Sportmax belted dress
Gap eyelet split neck dress

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Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors (great style here)
Top: Intermix (similar on sale here)
Short: Topshop ($16 here)
Shoes: Boutique 9 (designer version here)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

Like black and white, another “old trend” that gets updated this year is jumpsuit. The effect is even more powerful when these two meet, like this IRO version on Alessandra Ambrosio (below). I love how this Victoria’s Secret Angle brought out the edgy side of black and white by adding punk accessories. Besides a studded clutch, another piece you can’t miss now is a pair of safety pin earrings!

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Jumpsuit: IRO (yes, it’s the one on Alessandra Ambrosio! also here. similar here & here)
Bag: Natasha Couture ($28 here)
Shoes: Alice + Olivia
Earrings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

The most important thing Rihanna showed us from her outfit below is how to make a trend your own. Here the hint of sexiness, unexpected juxtaposition and carefree attitude totally reflect her own personal style in this monochrome canvas.

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Jacket: Rag & Bone (it’s the one on Rihanna! great buy here)
Short: J.Crew
Shoes: Prada (similar here, great buy here)
Bracelet: Asos

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Embrace Spring: Same Palette, Different Looks

The art of accessorizing-helenhou.com-red jacket, denim staples and  statement shoe inspired by Stephanie Lacava and Olivia Palermo

Photos: (from left) Stephanie Lacava & Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of fashion.telegraph.co.uk, zimbio.com.

A bright cheerful jacket is always a great way to embrace spring. We shared sunny yellow here, today let’s talk about coral-red. These two stylish outfits featured above, which can be easily adapted into our everyday wardrobe, happened to have the same color scheme: coral-red, black and denim blue.

It’s not a coincidence: coral is such an eye-catching color, to tune down the loudness, basic black is perfect. But red and black combo can be too serious and mature, that’s why we need the never-fail denim.

Besides the balance of colors, we also need some equilibrium in terms of proportions: pair shorts with long sleeve top, toughen up soft bottom with structured blazer, team an A-line coat with skinny bottom, show off beautiful footwear with ankle length pants.

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Jacket: Tibi (50% off now!)
Shirt: Madewell
Shorts: Mango (great style here)
Shoes: Rosegold (great buy here)

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Coat: Akris (50% off now! similar here)
Jeans: J Brand
Bag: Givenchy (see other stars carrying it here, similar here)
Shoes: Reiss (yes, it’s the one on Olivia Palermo, 50% off now!)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade